The Thermarest Neoair X-lite is an update to the massively popular Neoair model which saves weight and adds warmth. With an R Value of 3.2, the XLite is warm enough for three season camping whilst its low weight and tiny packsize is ideal for fast and light summer backpacking.
The NeoAir XLite provides thermal efficiency without the use of bulky insulation. Instead, a special R-2 reflective barrier returns heat to your body while reducing heat-loss to the ground. An internal triangular baffle construction provides a level of stability and comfort unrivalled by other inflated mats.
|Small||51 x 119 x 6.3||23 x 9||260||3.2|
|Regular||51 x 183 x 6.3||23 x 10||350||3.2|
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A couple of years ago I purchased a Thermarest NeoAir Medium (used with a sleeping bag) and a Thermarest NeoAir Large (used with a blanket/quilt) and they are both still going strong and have performed well. So when I decided that I should reduce my pack weight, so as to make walking in the Highlands more enjoyable, then another Neoair was the obvious choice. I decided on the small size to acheive the greatest weight reduction and without the stuff sack it is just 220g, nearly half the weight of my large NeoAir. The spec states a weight of 260g, but I guess that includes the stuff sack and repair kit. I used it recently on the Skye Trail and on two further walks in the Highlands by wild camping and sleeping in bothies. I used it with a one season sleeping bag and a pillow (a stuff sack filled with my waterproofs) and had a comfortable nights sleep on all occasions, that said I rarely have problems sleeping after a long days walking. I believe this mat is a good compromise to achieve a significant weight saving whilst having a relatively comfortable sleep when the weather is warm. For me a pillow is important as I use this off the sleeping mat which results in the mat supporting both my torso and upper legs. Another unsuspected advantage of a small mat is that it is quick and easy to inflate and deflate.
I highly recommend this mat. I bought the "Small" to complement my Exped SynMat Ultralite for trips where I want some extra weight saving and feel that I don't need a full length mat. It's incredibly light. My exemplar weighs in at ~220g with the pack sack (SynMat ~420g). The packaging size is a little smaller than listed - just below 20cm x 9cm.
The mat has kept me warm. The length and cut suits me. With my head on the mat, only my knees and below are outside. Larger persons should probably try it out before ordering. It's not the most quiet mat around. But I don't find that it's a problem.
It is easy to inflate and thanks to the one valve with screw closing it is very easy to do fine tuning if I find that I overinflated the mat. However, the valve design does make it hard to dry out moisture gathered inside the mat after a trip. But overall I think it's a tie between Exped and Thermarest valve design.
Light camping mat. I really like it. I have use it on weekends trips, hiking and camping, and as spare mattress when friends come home and I have been always delighted with it. I was scared about the possibility of punctures... but it has not been a problem so far. Anyway I always put the mat over clean and flat terrain, never directly over branches or dirty ground. Doing that may be it would have been already broken.
In conclusion, the Therm-a-rest Neo Air X Lite is a very good and comfortable light camping mat, when packed it's superb for carry in the backpack, and when on use is comfortable enough for a good night sleep.
I used for the first time my Neo Air X Lite on my last climb in Pyrenees at the Frondiella S.W. We started from the Sarra lake at 19:15 p.m. and arrived to the Arrieles about 21:15. We used a bivouac that was there and I put my air bed, it only took me one minute to inflate it, where I passed a wonderful night. I had to deflate it just a little bit to adapt myself. You don´t notice its weight. Just one thing, I took precaution and I put my old mat under it, to avoid puncture, because if that happens I would have an "attack" (I say this because of the price).
My first impression when the mat arrived was so light it is, actually I was thinking in the begin that it would not been really strong or comfortable.Now I have used it for all summer in my cycling trips and I am very happy and impress about the quality, comfort and the weight/size of my Thermarest mat, also it came with a repair kit and its bag.
I would like to add the quick delivery; good customer service from Facewest. I really recommend Thermarest and Facewest.
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